Touching Eternity …

“We have great conversations that have grown to a point where I’m hanging on his every word!” a friend recently wrote on Facebook, referring to his “smart as a whip son” of which he is so proud.

That’s it, I thought.  That’s the very essence of Eternity — having someone or something capture your attention so deeply that nothing else matters.

Those are the moments in life through which we glimpse the greatness that lies within us.  You can’t force those moments, but once you’re in them, you know it.

Every word you utter is not uttered by you.  Every thought you think is not yours. Everything you do is not of your doing.

During those moments, you step out of your ego and become what you have always been — a channel for the Power from which you came.  And once it’s unleashed, only one thing can stop it.

Like an athlete in the zone, you move without thinking.  Every move is perfect. Nothing but the sweet spot exists.

I can recall vividly such moments in my life:

  • The first 13 years of my life when I lived from my heart and never questioned God’s existence.
  • A trip to upstate New York with a friend during my junior year in High School during which I was inspired to speak about the meaning of life.  The words were coming out of my mouth, but it wasn’t me who was saying them.
  • A moment during Sunday mass when I suddenly ‘got’ what the sacrifice of the cross meant.   The tears flowed freely at the joy I felt.
  • The feeling I get every time I fall in love — whether with a person or with life — when I step outside myself and become my very best self, my higher self, the self that reflects God within.

Everyone has those magical moments — moments when we stop thinking and start being.

And then it happens.  You become attached.

I want to stay here forever, you think.  You begin to analyze what you can do to make the feeling last forever.

Just like that, the magic comes to a screeching halt.  The more you seek to recapture it, the further away it gets.

We can’t kick and scream our way to That which refuses to play by earthly rules.

It’s only by surrendering our puny little ego’s attempts to force those eternal moments down to earth that the key that opens the door to Eternity is given back to us.

The magic is always available, but always elusive as well.

Yet another example of the Eternal Paradox.  In order to keep anything, you have to let it go.

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